sou·​sa·​phone | \ ˈsü-zə-ˌfōn How to pronounce sousaphone (audio) , -sə- \

Definition of sousaphone

: a large circular tuba that has a flared adjustable bell — compare helicon

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Examples of sousaphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Six years later, Orchestra Noir is comprised of 50 pieces, with the addition of a few non-traditional elements, such as the sousaphone (a strap-on tuba), the drums, and the saxophone. al, 7 May 2022 This year’s Jazzfest will undoubtedly pay special tribute to local hero, Bennie Pete, the co-founder and sousaphone player of the transcendent New Orleans outfit, the Hot 8 Brass Band. Sarah Grant, SPIN, 20 Jan. 2022 One of the Kennedy Center’s stranger holiday traditions finds up to 200 tuba, euphonium and sousaphone players joining forces for a brassy and very merry concert of seasonal songs. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2020 The 17-year-old senior was a sousaphone player in the marching band. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Nov. 2021 The rattling kitchen implements in the Karpman piece aren’t even the noisiest element; not when a sousaphone rears up for a few bars elsewhere in the concert. Christopher Arnott,, 6 Nov. 2021 Bennie Pete, co-founder and sousaphone player for the celebrated New Orleans outfit the Hot 8 Brass Band, died from complications from sarcoidosis and Covid-19, reports. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2021 The University of Akron’s School of Music will feature summer favorites performed by dozens of tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium musicians from the region, not just those associated with the university. Marc Bona, cleveland, 15 June 2021 Passing drivers honked in support as a musician blew tunes on a bright pink sousaphone. Janie Har, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sousaphone

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sousaphone

John Philip Sousa

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“Sousaphone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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sou·​sa·​phone | \ ˈsü-zə-ˌfōn How to pronounce sousaphone (audio) , -sə- \

Kids Definition of sousaphone

: a large circular tuba designed to rest on the player's shoulder and used chiefly in marching bands

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